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The Boys in Chicago Heights: The Forgotten Crew of the Chicago Outfit [NOOK Book]

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Chicago Heights was long the seat of one of the major street crews of the Chicago Outfit, but its importance has often been overlooked and misunderstood. The crew's origins predate Prohibition, when Chicago Heights was a developing manufacturing center with a large Italian immigrant population. Its earliest bosses struggled for control until a violent gang war left the crew solidified under the auspices of Al Capone. For the remainder of the twentieth century, the boys from Chicago Heights generated large streams...
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The Boys in Chicago Heights: The Forgotten Crew of the Chicago Outfit

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Overview

Chicago Heights was long the seat of one of the major street crews of the Chicago Outfit, but its importance has often been overlooked and misunderstood. The crew's origins predate Prohibition, when Chicago Heights was a developing manufacturing center with a large Italian immigrant population. Its earliest bosses struggled for control until a violent gang war left the crew solidified under the auspices of Al Capone. For the remainder of the twentieth century, the boys from Chicago Heights generated large streams of revenue for the Outfit through its vast gambling enterprises, union infiltration and stolen auto rackets. For the first time, the history of the Chicago Heights street crew is traced from its inception through its last known boss.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015847734
  • Publisher: The History Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: True Crime , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 568,848
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Matthew Matt Luzi first became interested in the organized crime history of Chicago Heights when he heard stories of Al Capone visiting the town. Unable to find details to explain Capone s presence in Chicago Heights, he began to research its organized crime history twenty-five years ago. Matt majored in criminal justice during college, and he interned with the Chicago Crime Commission, which helped further his research. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the Merry Gangsters Literary Society, a group of Chicago-area historians and writers committed to the research of Chicago's Prohibition era history. His research has been acknowledged in several books and articles on the subject. Matt currently resides in Chicago and continues to research the history of organized crime in Chicago Heights.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Good Book, I'd recommend it and I've read most of the Outift boo

    Good Book, I'd recommend it and I've read most of the Outift books. Brings light to the Idea from other books and the theory of, was the Heights Crew actually more in control of Capone then ever thought. Many say the Frankie LaPorta was the most powerful mobster no one ever knew. I may believe that. It's well documented Accardo and him were very close.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

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    Fascinating Reading

    I grew up in Chicago Heights and it was wonderful to read the history. Everyone in the town has a story, but it great to read the facts. Purchased 5 copies for my entire family. Well written and hard to put down.

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